Attack in Niger: who were the six young French aid workers killed

They were called Charline, Nadifa, Myriam and Stella. The boys were named Léo and Antonin. They were “between 25 and 35”. Six young French people, most of them with diplomas and embarked on a common adventure in Niamey in Niger, under the banner of the humanitarian organization Acted. This Sunday, August 9, they were killed in an attack in the Kouré reserve, in which the two Nigeriens who accompanied them perished.

Charline, doctor in management, “a strong personality”

Charline, 30, graduated from the University of Aix-Marseille. / DR

Twenty-four hours after the tragedy, a first tribute to one of the victims, Charline, appeared, coming from the Twitter account of the University of Aix-Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône). “We will not forget it,” it is written. We extend our sincere condolences to his uncle, family, friends and loved ones. It is in this university, within the Institute of public management and territorial governance that Charline, 30, from Normandy, obtained a doctorate in management. At the same time, the young woman also gave lessons.

“I was lucky to have her as a teacher from 2015 to 2018,” says Claire, one of her students. She had a strong personality and knew how to hold a class. But we also laughed a lot, we were very attached to her. »Curious and lively, Charline had also written a thesis on the problems of water and sanitation in Palestine. According to the regional daily Provence, she had been in post for two years at the French Embassy in Nigeria, before being recently hired by Acted.

Nadifa, from the Ministry of the Armed Forces to the humanitarian

Nadifa had also just joined the ranks of the humanitarian organization. “Dark-haired, prominent cheekbones, well-defined eyebrows”, according to the description of one of her acquaintances, this thirty-something had several masters in law and management. Nadifa was also preparing a thesis on the arms trade. At the start of her career, she worked at AXA and Veolia. In 2015, a change of course. She joined the Ministry of the Armed Forces, first within the financial services, then as part of a military mission in the Central African Republic. Magnified by the international, she followed a training course at the end of 2019 at Bioforce, an organization specializing in the preparation of humanitarian personnel for missions abroad. During the Covid-19 crisis, she made herself useful in the ranks of the Salvation Army before flying to Niger in June. “It looks like him going to see giraffes,” breathes one of his friends. She loved animals and nature ”.

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Stella, a first mission in the Central African Republic in 2019

Stella, of Montpellier origin, also followed the Bioforce training and found her way in the humanitarian field after studying marketing. She first left for the Central African Republic in May 2019 in the ranks of Oxfam, another humanitarian organization, where she oversees the mobilization of funds and the management of grants. Before recently joining the Acted teams.

Myriam, more than two years at Acted. “This mission was his dream”

Myriam, on the other hand, had already worked for the French NGO for more than two years. First stationed in Paris, she then set sail for Tunis and Chad, focusing on international relations and geopolitics. In 2018, she graduated from a master’s degree in “Peace Studies”, a training program focused on building peace processes and understanding conflicts. “Miriam loved to help people,” recalls her friend Samaria between two sobs. She was smiling. This mission in Niger was her dream, she was proud ”.

Leo, just graduated, the youngest of the gang

At 25, Leo was the youngest of the gang. He was also the only one to have a “volunteer” contract, a status halfway between the volunteer and the employee. According to his professional profile, which shows a young dark-haired boy with a chubby face, he had been in charge of logistics for Acted in Niamey since April, after having previously been an intern at the NGO’s headquarters in Paris for four months. He had just graduated from a business school in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine).

Antonin, a committed normalien

As for Antonin, originally from Brittany, he had joined the prestigious Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay in Cachan (Val-de-Marne). After completing a very high-level master’s degree in economics, he became a research assistant in a center attached to the National School of Statistics and Economic Administration (Ensae). On his LinkedIn profile, this well-made head also exposes his commitments in favor of international development and humanitarian aid. Before arriving in Niger, he had apparently already carried out a mission for Acted in Mali, as financial manager. He paid with his life, like his comrades, his investment in the most disadvantaged.

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